Teaching Support Centre
Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference - 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2050

A day of workshops for faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff dealing with topics relating to university teaching and learning.
Dr. Tricia Seifert from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto will give the keynote address on high impact educational practices and deep learning.
Please note that some of the sessions will be video-recorded and made available on the TSC web site.

KEYNOTE: Connecting High Impact Practices with Deep Learning
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    9:00 am - 10:30 am
Social Science Centre, Room 2050

This talk given by Tricia Seifert (OISE), will draw from research done on high impact practices and work on the mechanisms within those practices that contribute to deep student learning. This will be an interactive keynote with participants reflecting on their use of high impact practices in their teaching and the intentionality to which they infuse those practices with high expectations, prompt feedback, and a supportive environment to question assumptions and explore diverse perspectives.

CONCURRENT A-1: CSL: High Impact Teaching and Learning that Transforms Classroom and Community
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2036

Facilitator: Stephanie Hayne Beatty, Student Success Centre
Panelists: Ana Garcia Allen (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Daria Koscinski (Biology)

Over the past decade, CSL has emerged in Canadian higher education as a powerful pedagogy that supports both student learning and community development. Hear about the potential impacts from two Western faculty members currently teaching CSL courses, as well as students who have benefitted from meaningful practical application of their classroom learning. Learn about the CSL support available at The Student Success Centre related to curriculum design, partnership development, and student assessment.

CONCURRENT A-2: Writing to Learn: Approaches that Work
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2050

Facilitator: Karyn Olsen (Teaching Support Centre)
Panelists: Margaret McGlynn (History) and Paul Schmidt (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Writing Support Centre)

When we focus on teaching students how to write, we sometimes forget that the process of writing can be a powerful tool for student learning. Please join this discussion led by experts on writing-intensive courses. Panelists will share their strategies for encouraging effective writing in undergraduate classes, and reflect on the impact of writing-focused coursework.

CONCURRENT B-1: Transformative Learning through Collaboration
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2050

Facilitator: Debra Dawson (Teaching Support Centre)
Panelists: Joe Compeau (Ivey Business School) and Christie Stewart (Environmental Science Program)

Collaborative and group learning projects have been identified as a high impact teaching practice that can lead to deep learning in our undergraduate students. Panelists in this session will discuss how collaborative learning was integrated into a large first year science course and the HBA program at Western. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to also discuss their experiences with embedding collaborative learning into the curriculum.

CONCURRENT B-2: Global Learning: Bringing the World to Western
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2036

Facilitator: Karyn Olsen (Teaching Support Centre)
Panelists: Henri Boyi (French Studies) and Darwin Semotiuk (Kinesiology)

Join this panel discussion to learn more about the international education component of two undergraduate courses offered at Western. These courses challenge students to explore viewpoints and life experiences different from their own, ultimately providing a deeper appreciation of the course material. Panelists will describe their experiences managing courses with international education components, and share their thoughts on the impact of experiential learning.

PLENARY: High Impact Educational Practices Across the Faculties
Tuesday, May 14, 2013    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Social Science Centre, Room 2050

Facilitator: John Doerksen, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs & Students)

Joan Finegan, Associate Dean - Academic (Faculty of Social Science)
Jeff Hutter, Associate Dean - Academic (Faculty of Science)
Michael Milde, Dean (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Betty Anne Younker, Dean (Don Wright Faculty of Music

The panel of Deans/Associate Deans will share their perspectives on High Impact Educational Practices in their Faculties. The session will include the opportunity for discussion between the panel, Dr. Tricia Seifert, and session attendees.

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